Shoppers stocking up and getting ready for festivities
WARWICK shoppers are busy stocking up on gifts and goodies in the lead up to Christmas but the retail bonanza won't end there.
A decision for regional retailers to open on the Monday after Christmas will make for an even merrier holiday period for the Rose City.
Warwick residents Shane Pritchard and Rebecca Thompson said they were well ahead on their Christmas shopping.
"Most of our presents are wrapped under the tree and it's been pretty easy to find things in one place," Mr Pritchard said.
"We have three boys under three so we've bought lots of toys - Big W is our go to spot for toys."
With Boxing Day falling on a Saturday this year, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has allowed retailers to open on Monday, December 28, if they choose, so businesses are not closed for four days in a row over Christmas.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Lewis von Stieglitz said the decision to extend trading hours was a positive move for businesses.
"It's a good boost for shop owners and staff to make some extra moneys and good for consumers to be able to shop locally," Mr von Stieglitz said.
"It encourages people to spend their money locally and means they won't go to Toowoomba or Brisbane to do their shopping and also means people further afield who might normally go to Toowoomba might come to Warwick instead."
Rose City Shoppingworld manager Jason Gard said major stores Big W, Bi-Lo and Woolworths had confirmed they would open on the Monday and he was awaiting confirmation from other retailers.
"Some haven't decided yet and they will probably see how trading is going as it gets closer," Mr Gard said.
"I think it will be a benefit for customers and retailers, because there will be people looking to restock, or those who have gift vouchers to spend or might need more batteries for toys and gifts.
"It should be quite good and I hope it will be positive and everyone remembers we'll be open and supports local retailers."
Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the decision was a huge benefit for regional shoppers.
"This is a win for regional businesses because it means they don't have to shut their doors for four days straight," she said.
"It's also a win for communities whose residents will be able to enjoy better access to retail shops over the Christmas period."
Major: 8am - midnight
Others: 9am - 7.30pm
Major: 8am - 9pm
Others: 9am - 5.30pm
December 28 (various)
Major: 8am - 5pm
Others: 9am - 4pm